Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion


The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is a multi-stakeholder initiative steered by the European Commission. The originator of the pledge is solely responsible for implementing the actions outlined in the pledge.

Author:Eurelectric, industriAll, EPSU
Country:European Union
Start Year:2018

Rabia Ikram, Corinna Zierold and Guillaume Durivaux

rikram@eurelectric.org; Corinna.Zierold@industriall-europe.eu; gdurivaux@epsu.org

https://www.eurelectric.org/; https://www.epsu.org/; https://news.industriall-europe.eu/

Types of organisation:Social partners
Description:The European Sectoral Social Partners in the Electricity Sector have put training and education in the centre of their Work Programme and Road Map for the coming 6 years with a specific objective of anticipating change and ensuring the right qualifications for a transforming electricity sector.
We commit in our joint activities to analyse the changes these developments imply for the job types and profiles as well as the qualifications that are needed in the future, especially in terms of the application of new technologies, new business models and processes, energy efficiency and demand management, etc. by comparing skills needs for the energy transition and the training offers of vocational education & training providers.
Apprenticeships have been seen as an important tool to encourage young people to work in our industry.
Moreover, to offer especially young people a genuine and quality work experience and a smooth transfer from education to the labour market we have developed a Quality Framework for Traineeships (QFT) in the European Electricity Sector with the aim to encourage young people to work in our industry and to improve their perspective for a job aimed also at realising the business objectives. With the QFT we aim at guaranteeing equal standards for trainees in our sector by providing them with a traineeship contract including outlining the specific tasks of the trainee and objecting to any kind of precarious employment in our sector. The social partners will support and promote this by participating in events such as the European Vocational Skills Week.
Short company / organisation description:

EPSU and industriAll, representing the trade unions, and Eurelectric, representing the employers’ organisations, are the recognised social partners in the European Social Dialogue Committee for the Electricity Sector.

The Union of the Electricity Industry, Eurelectric, is the sector association representing the common interests of the electricity industry at pan-European level. Eurelectric represents 3500 companies across Europe with an aggregate turnover of €200 bn. It covers all major issues affecting the sector, from electricity generation and markets, to distribution networks, customers, as well as environment and sustainability issues.

industriAll European Trade Union is the voice of industrial workers all over Europe. It represents 6.9 million workers across supply chains in manufacturing, mining and energy sectors on the European level.

EPSU is the European Federation of Public Service Unions. It is the largest federation of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and comprises 8 million public service workers from over 250 trade unions across Europe. EPSU organises workers in the energy, water and waste sectors, health and social services and local, regional and central government, in all European countries including the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood. It is the recognised regional organisation of Public Services International (PSI).

Area of action: Supply
Area of action: Quality
Area of action: Image
  • National social partners of the electricity sector (trade unions at national and local level and employers'  associations and companies);
  • VET providers (technical schools and universities)

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